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Jane Wong

County: Whatcom County




James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award 2017
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Jane Wong is a poet, essayist, and professor who grew up in a Chinese American take-out restaurant. Her poems can be found in Best American Poetry 2015, American Poetry Review, jubilat, among others. A Kundiman fellow, she is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the U.S. Fulbright Program, the Fine Arts Work Center, Hedgebrook, 4Culture, and Bread Loaf. The author of Overpour (Action Books, 2016), Jane is an assistant professor at Western Washington University. Invested in public scholarship, her project on the poetics of haunting in Asian American poetry has appeared as a TEDx talk and a multimedia website.

Jane’s writing seeks to name forgotten histories and address the intergenerational impacts of migration and violence. As a writer challenged by language and its innumerable possibilities, she is first and foremost a radical reader. Jane supports and champions writers of color via her communities, classroom, and grateful bookshelf.

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